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Top Spin is the Xbox's first tennis game, and it's playable over Xbox Live, allowing the player to compete in the XSN Sports Network. Over Xbox Live, two players can face each other in a one-on-one match, while in a doubles game up to four players can join. Stats are recorded and rankings are updated hourly at

The game has a career mode that takes the player all over the world. The first step is to create a player and give him a technical mastery. Once in the game, the player may compete in various tournaments. There are games, minor pro games, and professional tournaments. Winning games earns money and a higher ranking. The goal is to go from rank one hundred to number one.

Four different statistics can be gradually improved: serve, backhand, forehand, and volley. A higher skill will make for better and harder serves, more accurate and powerful back- and forehands, and the ability to keep the ball in play longer with volleys. There are also skills to obtain, such as risk and ace, which improves chances of hitting a successful risk shot or acing the opponent on a serve.

In Exhibition mode, the player may choose a created character or one of several real life pros, such as Pete Sampras or Anna Kournikova.


Top Spin Windows Intro sequence
Top Spin Windows Character summary
Top Spin Windows Tournament table
Top Spin Windows Controller settings

Promo Images

Top Spin Screenshot
Top Spin Screenshot
Top Spin Screenshot
Top Spin Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "上旋高手" -- Chinese title (simplified)

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UOL Jogos Feb 24, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Nov 08, 2004 84 out of 100 84 Oct 27, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Joystick (French) Nov, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Nov 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 29, 2004 77 out of 100 77 Oct 15, 2006 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Apr 12, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72
IGN Apr 20, 2006 6 out of 10 60


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The first Xbox patch introduced some new features and fixed a frustrating winning shot known as the deathdrop. It is a dropshot impossible to save that caused much irritation over Xbox Live! Unfortunately, other problems such as incorrect scoreboards and Disco boys, players who disconnect while playing but still secure the win, were left unattended. A new patch was needed.
Kabushi (209502) added Top Spin (Windows) on Nov 01, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209502) and JPaterson (9551)